Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Hearts On the Fly

Ron Swarner

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Beer flights in TacomaPeaks and Pints Pilot Program: Hearts On the Fly

A heartfelt “Thank You!” to all who ventured out to stock up on beverages, grab a sandwich and salad to go, or just to say, “Hi!” Like everyone, we want to do the responsible thing and try to help prevent the spread of this virus. Thankfully, our craft beer bar, bottle shop and restaurant is housed in Paul Bunyan’s vacation home. It’s ginormous. We were able to serve our community while following social distancing. Therefore, we’re going to open again, at 11 a.m., for bottles and cans to-go, growler fills and take-out food. We’ll be closing at 8 p.m. And, once again, we’ll be offering a suggested to-go beer flight. Since our hearts are full, we’re offering Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Hearts On the Fly, a flight of beer hearts. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

Urban-Family-Heart-Strings-TacomaUrban Family Heart Strings

6% ABV

In 2015, Urban Family Brewing moved it’s tiny, 4-year-old brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood across Salmon Bay to lower Magnolia. This winter, they moved back to Ballard and into a expansive new brewery in the “heart” of the neighborhood’s beer district. Heart Strings is a mix of fresh strawberry and red currant juiciness. This bright red beer has excellent berry-forward characteristics, and is held in good balance with the slight sweetness in the finish of the beer.

Upright-Hearts-Beat-TAcomaUpright Hearts’ Beat

6.8% ABV

Upright Brewing owner and Brewmaster Alex Ganum opened his brewery in the basement of Portland’s Leftbank building in 2009. Since then, Upright has made a name for itself brewing Belgian-style saisons, sours and fruit beers, as well as pushing outside the boundaries of what a standard Pacific Northwest beer tastes like. Ganum’s Hearts’ Beat is a wine barrel-fermented sour cherry beer made with Oregon Brooks cherries that are bolder and darker, akin to Bing cherries. The cherry boldness shares the profile with soft esters and light oak spiciness, while the acids are a balance of acetic and lactic, a nod to the beers of Flanders.

Oakshire-Heart-Shaped-Box-TacomaOakshire Heart Shaped Box

14% ABV,

It’s been two years since a new vintage of this Oakshire Brewing imperial chocolate stout was released. The 2020 Heart Shaped Box version is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for nearly a year where it develops its complex flavor profile and character. The beer is further conditioned with generous amounts of tart Oregon grown raspberries, Eugene roasted organic Guatemalan coffee from Farmers Union Coffee Roasters, organic vanilla beans and organic cocoa nibs. Indeed. Notes of rich bourbon, cocoa nibs, espresso, tart raspberry, roasted malt, vanilla bean and wood coat the tongue. It’s rich yet crushable at the high percent.

Hoof-Hearted-Thanks-For-Letting-Us-Play-Tonight-TacomaHoof Hearted Thanks For Letting Us Play Tonight

5.5% ABV

Trevor Williams and Jarrod Bichon opened Hoof Hearted Brewing in Marengo, northwest a bit from Columbus in the middle of nowhere. The wine salesman and welder, respectively, met at Ohio State University in 1995 and basically drank craft beer across the nation. Their Thanks For Letting Us Play Tonight IPA is perfectly hazy and aggressively double dry-hopped with Galaxy giving the pale ale a nice pineapple nose. It’s well balanced with generous tropical and citrus flavors.

Hopworks-Queen-of-Hearts-Imperial-Hoppy-Red-TacomaHopworks Queen of Hearts Imperial Hoppy Red

8.9% ABV, 90 IBU

Hopworks Urban Brewery’s latest Imperial card-themed series is the Queen of Hearts Imperial Hoppy Red Ale. Queen of Hearts is a hop-forward imperial IPA that maintains a smooth mouthfeel with hints of toffee, caramel, and biscuit balanced with hop driven aromas of fruit, red berries, and pine.